***COVID 19 UPDATES***
COVID-19 Guidances and Best Practices
For the most up to date information on the District's response to COVID-19, including information on best practices, licensure waivers, and recommended guidelines, go to coronavirus.dc.gov.
Closure of Walk In Services
Due to ongoing efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19, effective immediately the Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) is implementing a 100% telework policy, and will be availalbe for mail services only. No walk-ins or appointments are allowed. Please submit all applications and supplemental documents via mail to HRLA 1, PO Box 37801, Washington, DC 20013. If you are aleady in contact with a Health Licensing Specialist (HLS), please forward any documents to said HLS via email.
If you require assistance from the Board of Medicine, please contact the following individuals by email:
|Licensure||Ms. Mary Harris||[email protected]|
|Licensure||Ms. Angela Braxton||[email protected]|
|Licensure/Verifications||Mr. Charles Annor||[email protected]|
|Complaints/Discipline||Ms. Lisa Robinson||[email protected]|
In response to COVID-19, DC Health has waived all licensure requirements for practitioners who are licensed in good standing in another jurisdiction. You can read more about the waiver process HERE.
Board Meetings Cancelled
Additionally, all health professional board meetings are cancelled for the month of March. The next Board of Medicine meeting is scheduled for April 29, 2020. For the most up to date information on the District's response to COVID-19, please go to coronavirus.dc.gov.
"To protect and enhance the health, safety, and well-being of District of Columbia residents by promoting evidence-based best practices in health regulation, high standards of quality care and implementing policies that prevent adverse events."
Established in 1879, the DC Board of Medicine (BoMed), a division within the DC Department of Health, Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA), has the responsibility to regulate the practice of medicine (MD/DO) in the District of Columbia.
The Board accepts applications for licensure through national examination; waiver of national examination; reactivation of an inactive license; reinstatement of an expired, suspended, or revoked license, or by eminence pursuant to the Health Occupations Revision Act (HORA). All applicants for licensure must establish, to the Board’s satisfaction, that they possess the appropriate skills, knowledge, judgment, and character to practice medicine in the District of Columbia. In addition, applicants must demonstrate to the Board that they are proficient in understanding and communicating medical concepts and information in English.
The Board also oversees the regulation of Trauma Technologists, Physician Assistants, Naturopathic Physicians, Anesthesiology Assistants, Acupuncturists, Surgical Assistants, Polysomnographers, and Postgraduate Physicians in Training. Regulation is achieved through the application process; the disciplinary process and through outreach and educational activities.
Members of the Board are appointed by the Mayor and serve a three year term for a maximum of three terms. The Board issues a quarterly newsletter that provides up-to-date information on the Board's current activities.
The Board meets on the last Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise noted. Open session is from 8:30 am - 9:30 am and members of the public are invited to join the Board. If you would like to present a topic, you must schedule a time to be placed on the agenda. Contact Lisa Robinson at [email protected]. Executive session is closed to the public.
New Licensure Lookup
As part of the new renewal system, the DC Health is utilizing a NEW licensure lookup system for verification of District licenses. Individuals who renewed their licenses this year can verify the status of their license HERE.
Continuing Education Requirements
Regulations have been implemented and/or proposed for nearly all professions under the Board of Medicine which will require licensees to complete at least 10% of their required total continuing education hours in topics identified by the Director of the Department of Health as public health priorities. For example, physicians have a fifty (50) hour requirement so at least five (5) hours must be in a topic designated as a public health priority. The Director of the Department of Health has now issued a notice identifying acceptabled public health priorities, a copy of which can be found online HERE. This new requirement is part of the existing CE requirements, which are outlined below for each profession:
- Physicians (MD/DO) - Fifty (50) hours of CE every two (2) years, which includes three (3) hours in the subject of HIV/AIDS, two (2) hours in the subject of LGBTQ cultural competency, and at least one (1) course in the subject of pharmacology.
- Physician Assistants (PA) - One hundred (100) of CE every two (2) years, which includes includes three (3) hours in the subject of HIV/AIDS and two (2) hours in the subject of LGBTQ cultural competency. PAs may substitute NCCPA certification for the one hundred (100) hours, however, they will still be required to complete the required hours of CE in the subject areas of HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ cultural competency.
- Naturopathic Physicians (NP) - Thirty (30) hours of CE, which includes two (2) hours of CE in the subject of LGBTQ cultural competency.
- Surgical Assistants (SA) - Fifty (50) hours of CE, which includes two (2) hours of CE in the in the subject of LGBTQ cultural competency. SAs may substitute certification from ABSA or the NSAA, if said certification required the completion of fifty (50) hours of CE with the two (2) year period proceeding renewal. However, they will still be required to complete the required hours of CE in the subject area of LGBTQ cultural competency.
- Anesthesiologist Assistants (AA) - Hold certification with the NCCAA, or its successor organization, as well as having completed at least two (2) of CE in the in the subject of LGBTQ cultural competency
- Acupuncturists (ACU) - Currently no CE requirements exist for Acupuncturists in the District.
- Polysomnographic Technologists - Twenty (20) hours of CE, which includes at least two (2) hours of CE in the subject of LGBTQ cultural competency.
- Polysomnographic Technicians - Twenty (20) hours of CE, which includes at least two (2) hours of CE in the subject of LGBTQ cultural competency.
- Trauma Technologists - Fifty (50) hours of CE, which includes at least two (2) hours of CE in the subject of LGBTQ cultural competency.
In addition to the above requirements, we are providing the below list of courses available to licensees to acquire the necessary hours in the subject of LGBTQ:
- National LGBT Health Education Center - A Program of the Fenway Institute
- Human Rights Campaign Foundation (You will need to register with your facilities code [see below] before you can access these courses. If you don't see your facility, please contact the Human Rights Campaign)
Facility Codes for Fenway Institute LGBTQ+ Training
|1||BridgePoint Hospital - National Harbor||Washington||DC||57617|
|2||Children's National Medical Center||Washington||DC||56730|
|3||George Washington University Hospital||Washington||DC||55364|
|4||Howard University Hospital||Washington||DC||57913|
|6||MedStar Georgetown University Hospital||Washington||DC||55434|
|7||MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital||Washington||DC||58947|
|8||MedStar Washington Hospital Center||Washington||DC||55735|
|9||Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, DC, Inc.||Washington||DC||71813|
|10||Sibley Memorial Hospital||Washington||DC||56007|
|11||Washington DC VA Medical Center||Washington||DC||65172|
For physicians and physician assistants who need to complete at least three (3) hours of CE in the subject of HIV/AIDS, you can find a list of potential courses on the DC Health website here.
Lastly, for those physicians in need of CME related to pharmacology and/or prescribing, or any other CEs, DC Health offers several free programs via the DC Center for Rational Prescribing. You can access the DC Center for Rational Prescribing here.
December 19, 2018
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